Homeowners and appraisers come closer to seeing eye-to-eye on home values

by Rincey Abraham

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A home appraisal is a crucial step in homebuying and selling, but often times homeowners and appraisers do not see eye-to-eye on the value of a home.

According to Quicken Loans’ National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI), the average difference between an owner’s estimate and the appraised value was 1.55 percent in July. The gap is closing, however, as appraiser values were 1.7 percent lower than homeowners’ perceptions in June.

“The home appraisal is one of the most important data points in the mortgage process. It determines the level of equity the homeowner has and, if the owner’s estimate is too far from how the appraiser views the property, it can cause the mortgage to be restructured,” Bill Banfield, Quicken Loans Executive Vice President of Capital Markets, said in a press release.

In Atlanta, the HPPI was slightly better than the national average with a 1.03 percent difference between the appraiser’s value and homeowners’ perception. This is down from June, which saw a 1.14 percent difference, and from July 2016 with a 1.12 percent difference.

“Our hope is that this index is eye-opening for homeowners. Their home equity could be thousands of dollars higher, or lower, than they realize,” said Banfield. “If they are aware of the perceived trends in their area it could help them better prepare for their home purchase or refinance.”